|A Vinatex wastewater treatment centre in Hưng Yên Province is fined for the second time for violating regulations on wastewater treatment. — Photo baodautu.vn|Viet Nam News
HƯNG YÊN — A branch of the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (VINATEX) in Hưng Yên Province was fined for violating regulations on environmental protection.
The centre for wastewater treatment for the Phố Nối textile industrial park, located in the province’s Yên Mỹ District, was asked to pay a fine of VNĐ550 million (US$24,300) for discharging wastewater that exceeded the national technical regulation on industrial wastewater.
The exceeded technical specifications include biochemical oxygen demand (1.9 times) and wastewater colour (1.32 times), according to the wastewater analysis conducted by the centre for environmental monitoring portal under the province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
Apart from imposing fines, the province’s People’s Committee requested the centre to address the issue and conduct proper treatment before discharging wastewater into the environment.
In December 2014, the centre was fined for discharging untreated wastewater, which was foul-smelling and black in colour, as discovered by the Việt Nam Environment Administration during an unexpected examination visit, along with other wrongdoings.
The centre began operations in 2005. Locals said it continuously discharged untreated wastewater into the Trần Thành Ngọ canal over the years, causing serious environmental pollution. — VNS